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Weird Al Yankovic poses for a portrait during an interview on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)

‘Weird Al’ Talks About His Weirdly Successful Week in Music

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Los Angeles — Attention pop stars: If “Weird Al” Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you’re likely his next parody conquest. Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic in his latest album, Mandatory Fun. For his 14th studio effort, released last week, Yankovic …

Despite Hits, No Radio Love Yet for Stars of Country Rap

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. — When Jason Brown came to Nashville to start his career as the country artist Colt Ford, he couldn’t find songwriters who would write for his singing style. No surprise. Ford was bringing an unlikely mix to town: country rap, combining hip-hop beats and rhythms with country-themed rap or spoken-word lyrics. …

Pop Music Streaming More Than Selling

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Los Angeles — One brutal truth emerges from Nielsen SoundScan’s report on trends in the music industry for the first half of 2014: Today’s consumers are far more interested in seeing and hearing pop music than buying it. Album sales dropped nearly 15 percent compared with the same period last year, and overall music consumption, which combines sales and streaming activity, dropped 3.3 …

Sons Use Dad’s Voice to Sing

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. — Roy Orbison’s three sons are all musicians but never really got to play music with their dad — until now. Wesley, Roy Jr. and Alex Orbison have helped create a new song by their father …

A Different Type of an ‘American Idol’

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Los Angeles — A year ago, Candice Glover would have dreaded having to perform during American Idol ’s results show, a night where dreams of victory are shattered for the contestant with the fewest votes. But the days of singing for anyone’s vote are behind Glover now. She’s …

Steve Earle Reinvents Himself Again As a Duet Partner

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Steve Earle is something of a Renaissance man. Or maybe a workaholic. After nearly a year of touring with a band for his acclaimed, successful album The Low Highway, Earle now is working on his third book, just …

Entertainment Highlights: Ukulele Great Coming to Randolph

Thursday, March 20, 2014

For the recording of Grand Ukulele, his 2012 album, Jake Shimabukuro did something different: He went big. With the help of famed engineer Alan Parsons, who has worked with The Beatles and Pink Floyd, Shimabukuro outfitted his ukulele …

Winners, Losers at South by Southwest

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Austin, Texas — Here’s to bad vibes, colored vomit and off-years. Go ahead and toast those who prevailed at South by Southwest by getting signed, licensed or folded into a future marketing plan, but the losers in this …

Miley Is New Queen of the Button-Pushers

Monday, March 17, 2014

Minneapolis — What’s your favorite Miley moment? When she twerked on MTV’s Video Music Awards? When she appeared nude in the strategically staged Wrecking Ball video? When she smoked a bong on YouTube? Or, conversely, which has been …

Outspoken Miley Cyrus Talks About Her Tour

Monday, March 17, 2014

Miley Cyrus is the mouse that roars. The former Disney Channel star is as provocative in conversation as she is in action. Here are some of the things she had to say in a conference call with journalists before the start of her Bangerz tour. On her goal …

After Success in Germany, Will Musical ‘Rocky’ Be a Hit on Broadway?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New York — Yo, Broadway. Eight years after producers decided to take a chance on an “it’s so crazy, it just might work” project, opening night has arrived. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to rumble: Rocky enters the Broadway ring today. The show stars Andy Karl and Margo …

Fabian Is Still a Golden Boy

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Allentown, Pa. — Take it from Fabian, who once was a teen idol who had a half-dozen chart hits in a year: Don’t be so hard on The Biebs. Yes, current teen idol Justin Bieber is besieged of …

Lea Michele Bares Her Soul On Debut Album ‘Louder’

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

“I didn’t record one word I didn’t feel — whether or not I wrote it,” Lea Michele said during a recent listening session for her debut album. “These are words that are parts of me.” Louder, released last …